Upper Mustang Trek

Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours welcome all travelers to observe traditional villages around high Upper Mustang Valley, where you will be among Mustang area visiting mountain people of strong Tibetan origin, enriched with ancient culture and custom as it was for thousands of years in the backdrop of world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mustang Himal-Bhirkuti and Damodar mountain range, on this fascinating “Upper Mustang Valley Trekking” once a forbidden kingdom just opened the doors to travelers since 1991 AD . The Government and Annapurna Conservation control the flow of visitors with extra fees to travel within this world country on Tibet extension highest plateau on earth, located on Nepal’s North West Himalaya of Mustang district which lies close to Tibetan frontier sandwiched between Dhaulagiri and Bhirkuti / Damodar Himal. Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours to Upper Mustang Valley trekking, starting with a scenic short flight from popular touristic Pokhara city to Jomsom town headquarter of Mustang region, from here following Kali-Gandaki River upstream through traditional farm villages of Kagbeni, Chele, Charang and entering the walled city of Lo Manthang actually a large town village, in early days known as walled city of Lo. For more than 5000 hundred years Mustang area ruled by kings and queens which was part of Tibet province, at present unofficial Mustang Raja (state king of Mustang), recognized as former district of Mustang king. Truly an impressive country similar to Tibetan way of life, culture making this place, once a lifetime must travel country, This windswept country famous for ‘Tiji’ festival celebrated 5th month of Tibetan Buddhist Lunar calendar which falls around May every year since many past centuries. This amazing Upper Mustang Valley trek ends at Jomsom, with a flight back to scenic Pokhara and then drive back to Kathmandu after a unique experience in the Far North West Nepal Himalaya. Expert guidance of Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours will make your trip to Upper Mustang Valley trekking a memorable and enjoyable with exciting times.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive / Fly to Pokhara – 06 hrs via overland and 30 mins by air.
Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Tsarang 3,560 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: In Lo-Manthang rest day for acclimatization and local visit.
Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m – 05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m – 04 hours.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m – 25 mins flight.
Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 17: International departure homeward bound.

While in Pokhara with time enough time join in our exciting adventure sports like Paragliding, Ultra-Light flight, Zip-Flyer or rafting Seti, Marsyangdi, Kaligandaki and Trisuli Rivers including Jungle safari at Chitwan National Park.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines and countries, received by Foot and Shadow Walking Holiday staff and transfer to hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide will brief with information on hotel, culture, do’s and don’ts and Upper Mustang Valley trekking and with welcome dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
After breakfast our city guide will take you on sightseeing tour at places of interest as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites with temples, monasteries, stupa’s and old king’s palace after an enjoyable interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for the trek to Upper Mustang.

Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m – 06 hrs journey.
Morning travel by tourist coach or in private vehicle on the scenic highway towards amazing Pokhara valley driving leads through Himalayan foothills, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to respective hotels close to beautiful Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks.
(flying option a 30 minutes flight to Pokhara)

Day 04: Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,700 and trek to Kagbeni – 04 hrs.
With pleasant overnight in Pokhara, morning transfer to Pokhara airport for a short flight to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district. From Jomsom first day trek starts following Kali-Gandaki river valley around windswept area, after four hours of nice walk with views of Mt. Dhaulgairi, Nilgiri’s reaching at Kagbeni village, the starting point of Upper Mustang the forbidden city on the old Trans Himalaya Caravan Trail.

Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050m – 06 hrs.
Morning an uphill climb through canyon following river upstream with amazing landscapes views of red cliff walls, reaching farm villages and cultivated lands of Tirigaon village, overlooking impressive natural landscapes erosion of red colored cliff canyon, few hours of good walk reaching to overnight stop at Chele village.

Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m – 05 hrs.
From Chele also spelled Tsele, morning climb towards Gyakar village, and from here trekking within arid and dry country to reach at Samar village, which is one of the nice looking villages.
After Samar village with break walk to a small place Bhena and then a steep climb to a ridge at Yamda La 3,860 meters pass, offering views of Mustang landscapes and mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri range, after enjoying the views down-hill to overnight at Geling village via Syangboche village.

Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (Charang) 3,560 m – 06 hrs.
Morning walk to Tsarang “Charang” time permitting visit old Geling monastery and the Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled by water power, continue walk leading over Ghaymi Khola (stream) following lengthy and impressive line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village, and then few hours of good trekking brings at Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops like buck wheat’s for overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m – 04 hrs.
Today a short day walk to our destination at Lo Manthang the classic walled city or a large village, once a forbidden kingdom, crossing a strong steel bridge, and then walk leads to Marang village, from here towards uphill to reach a ridge top, encountering several chortens and mani stones in between Tsarang and Lo Manthang route, with scenery of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks, walk gradual ascend Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with first views of Lo Manthang the walled city with fortress, from here descend to the base of the pass and on nice trail Lo Manthang for two nights stop.

Day 09: In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.
Lo Manthang, highest overnight stop of this great journey, here explore the village and its old Tibetan like houses within this walled city, visit historical and cultural centre, main attraction of Lo-Manthang four main monasteries Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall.
With permission visit the king’s palace, interior of the old palace and as well meet the king or Raja of Mustang if around.

Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m – 06 hrs.
After an interesting time at Lo-Manthang morning walk leads on the same trail back to Marang village, and then taking west route using an old trail to Dhakmar village for overnight stop.

Day 11: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m – 06 hrs.
From Dhakmar village, morning walk leads back on the same route with longest series of Mani Walls, and then crossing a bridge over Ghami Khola to Ghami village for overnight stay, time permitting visit Geling monastery.

Day 12: Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m – 06 hrs.
Slowly the trip nears to an end with the morning walk starting with a gentle climb towards Syangboche village, from here few hours of walk leads to Yamda La after marveling the beautiful scenery from the top, descend to Bhena and Samar villages, and then walking by a stream leading passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending the day walks at Tsusang village.

Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m – 05 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Kagbeni after a wonderful trekking to Upper Mustang exploring its ancient monasteries and Buddhist culture.

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m – 04 hrs.
Today last walk of this great adventure to Jomsom town, starting the morning walk following most of the way on the same route following the trail on windswept river valley to Jomsom town.

After a good walk of few hours, on reaching Jomsom check into nice lodges for overnight. Here celebrate with local apple products.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m – 20 mins flight.
Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages,
On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu.
Morning a drive to Kathmandu after a wonderful experience around Upper Mustang Valley trekking, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping.
(options of flight back to Kathmandu)
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu for international flight homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal with memory of Upper Mustang Valley Lake trekking and great services of Foot and Shadow Walking Holiday Tours, as per your international flight departure and reporting time, our guide and staff transfer you to airport for your onward flight homeward bound or to next respective countries.

Price Includes

  1. All Airport pick up and drop by private tourist vehicle.
  2. Standard twin sharing accommodation hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara  (Breakfast included). (you can eat verity Food in your choice )
  3. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  4. English speaking government license holder Tour guide.
  5. All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners).
  6. Available standard Lodges, Guesthouses twin sharing accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing ).
  7. Government licensed holder English speaking trekking guide.
  8. The required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  9. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  10.  Entry permits fees  and TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) for trekking.
  11. Duffel bag by Foot and Shadows Walking holiday (which need to be returned after the trek).
  12. Flight ticket Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara.
  13. Food, accommodation, Salary, Equipment, Medicine and insurance for all staff.
  14. Upper Mustang special trekking permit (USD $ 500 for 10 days) Per person.
  15. Foot and Shadows walking holiday Duffel Baggage, (Refundable)
  16. All necessary surface transport from Kathmandu and to Kathmandu.
  17. Welcome & Farewell Dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show ( Complementary)
  18. All Government Taxes and official expenses.
  19. Temple & Monasteries entry fees in Kathmandu and trekking route.

Price Excludes

  1. International Airfare.
  2. Any others expenses which are not mentioned above Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  3. Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara . ( you can eat verity Food in your choice)
  4. Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  5. All Personal & Bar Expenses in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  6. All alcoholic and cold drinks.
  7. Personal trekking Equipment.
  8. Tips for guides and porters.
  9. Single supplement fee USD 350
  10. Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control anything not included in service includes column.

Please Note:


If weather condition  flight delay in Pokhara or  Jomsom for Upper Mustang Trip we need to use  road transport from Pokhara to Jomsom or Jomsom to Pokhara, transportation cost will manage from cancellation of flight ticket.    

Equipments for  Trekking

  1. Trekking Bag pack.( Duffel bag )
    This should be a good one with good zipper  to get rid of rough treatment of baggage from the airlines and the porters)
  2. Personal Soap for  toilet,washing hand,Bath,washing clothes  or tube liquid soap
  3. Toothbrush & toothpaste
  4. Sanitary napkins (for women)
  5. Toilet paper
  6. Towel
  7. Tube of sun lotion (with extra power)
  8. Extra clothing for cold sensitive:
    1 pair long underwear, 1 pair long wool, 1 wool shirt (long sleeved)
  9. Trekking day bag.( not so much big)
  10. Trekking shoes. (this should be waterproof)
  11. Sports shoes or sandal. (Camp shoes )
  12. Trekking stick.
  13. Sun Hat or cap.
  14. Warm woollen cap.
  15. Trekking jacket Gore tax/ fleece jacket.
  16. Pullover or warm clothes.
  17. Raincoat or good umbrella
  18. 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock. (Socks for camp shoes )
  19. Hand gloves.
  20. 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers(Short pants for hiking )
  21. 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  22. 3/4 pairs of Underwear (Bras (for women 2 pairs )
  23. Sunglass.
  24. Water bottle.
  25. Sleeping bag.
  26. Flash or Torchlight (extra batteries & bulb )
  27. Some common medicine likes, Band-Aids,
    aspirin or Tylenol for headaches or other pain, antihistamine, Throat lozenges etc.
  28. Camera and batteries. (Batteries Charger if possible take extra Batteries )